NUIG top brass in €22k expenses spending spree

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Spending between the President of NUI Galway Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh and Vice-President and Registrar Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh has amounted to €22,173.10 over the last three years, according to documents released to SIN under the Freedom of Information Act. Professor Ó hÓgartaigh receives an annual salary of €201,155 per annum, while Vice-President Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh takes home a yearly rate of €165,406 …” (more)

[Valerie McHugh and Paddy Henry, SIN, 4 May]

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Revealed: college bosses rack up large bills for travel, fine dining, taxis and even coffee machines

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Huge sums of money at colleges are being spent on fine dining and taxis, with college credit cards used to pay for coffee machines and even trips to the Cannes Film Festival. A Sunday Independent analysis of spending by presidents at every Irish university and institute of technology reveals colleges are paying hundreds of thousands of euro …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 25 April]

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UL Spent €4,000 on Bed Linen for Ex-President’s House

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) spent almost €4,000 on bed linen for its now outgoing president’s multi-million house, the Irish Daily Mail has revealed. This news comes just months after Dr Fitzgerald, a University College Dublin (UCD) medical graduate, announced his intention to resign from his position as President of the university due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Casey Conway, College Tribune, 16 September]

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NUIG body reforms expenses regime

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has updated its policies after an investigation found a charity set up to raise funds for the university shelled out money for luxury hotels and travel for directors’ spouses. Last month, an investigation by the Charities Regulator found that the Galway University Foundation spent close to €50,000 on business class flights …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 9 January]

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University of Limerick expenditure on flights revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick spent almost €100,000 on flights for its staff members during 2018, it has been revealed. Information regarding the 36 trips overseas amounting to €98,961.33 purchased by UL was obtained by the Limerick Leader under the Freedom of Information Act …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 4 January]

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Universities: milking publicly funded positions for personal profit

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Unique universities: now the only place where senior public officers can live abroad, have few checks on expenses and tax, and benefit personally from public funding of gene patents. The exploitation of tax funds for private personal gains by state sector employees, particularly at universities. UCC as example. The public is funding things like applications for human gene patents …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 21 December]

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‘Well run’ University Foundation to provide updates on value for money after regulator report

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Galway University Foundation said last evening that it will work to provide updates on all of the spending matters raised in an investigation by the Charities Regulator …” (more)

[Declan Varley, Galway Advertiser, 19 December]

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Students’ Union to meet with NUIG President following regulator report on University Foundation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The NUI Galway Student’s Union is today meeting with the President of the University to discuss the recently published Charities Regulator inspection report on the University Foundation. The inspection examined areas including funds spent on taxi services, business class flights and 4 or 5 star accommodation and funds used on spousal travel …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 18 December]

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Minister criticises ‘lack of transparency ’ at NUI Galway charity

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has criticised a charity linked to NUI Galway for its ‘lack of transparency and oversight’ on spending on taxis, business class flights and five-star hotels. The Charities Regulator’s investigation into Galway University Foundation, a charity that fundraises for the university, found it did not have adequate controls over travel expenses or credit-card based expenditure …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 December]

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NUIG charity criticised over premium flights and 5-star hotel spending

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An investigation by the Charities Regulator into the National University of Ireland Galway’s (NUIG) fundraising charity found spending on luxury 5-star hotels, business class flights and taxi trips from Galway to Dublin were ‘inconsistent’ with value for money policies. The charities watchdog launched an investigation into spending following concerns raised back in June 2017 over hospitality and travel expenses …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 16 December]

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The Price of Trinity’s Flights is No Big Deal – But College’s Environmental Impact Is

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week the Irish Times reported that Trinity spent over €259,084 on flights in the last year. The publication framed the statistic in the context of Trinity’s call for further investment (after tumbling down the rankings), suggesting, perhaps, that the spending was unwarranted. Financially speaking, however, Trinity spending €259,084 on flights is not entirely scandalous …” (more)

[University Times, 23 September]

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UCDSU President Condemns ‘Outrageous’ UCD Air Travel Expenses

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU), Joanna Siewierska, has hit out at her college’s ‘outrageous’ spending on air travel last year. In a letter published in the Irish Times today, Siewierska said that ‘it is disappointing to see the university spending outrageous figures to travel in luxury’, after yesterday’s report highlighted the nearly €1 million spent by UCD on business-class airfares for its staff last year …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 17 September]

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Luxury flights and UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your news article on the amount publicly funded universities spent on business class flights over the last year was shocking (‘Publicly funded universities spent about €1.5 million on luxury flights’, News, September 16th). As Ireland’s global university, it is not a surprise that UCD staff travel regularly. However, these expenses should be kept to a minimum …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Publicly-funded universities spent about €1.5m on luxury flights

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s publicly-funded universities spent about €1.5 million last year flying academics around the world on luxury flights, newly-obtained figures show. The biggest spender was University College Dublin (UCD), which paid almost €1 million for business class and premium fares over a year, records released under Freedom of Information reveal …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 16 September]

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€397k spent by Waterford Institute of Technology did not follow guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology paid out almost €400,000 – more than a third of which went on travel – without going through proper procurement, new accounts show. In 2017, three areas of expenditure totalling €397,708 were identified by WIT that did not comply with public procurement guidelines, according to the institute’s most recently filed financial statement …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 10 September]

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Whistleblowers slam report on UL

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two whistleblowers have criticised an independent report commissioned by the Higher Education Authority into concerns they had raised about financial expenses and other HR issues at the University of Limerick. The two women said they were ‘absolutely stunned’ that the report by Richard Thorn, a former president of the Institute of Technology Sligo, contained no negative findings about how their cases were handled …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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Provost Spent €18,000 on Travel in Eight Months

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast spent more than €18,000 on airline fares and accommodation abroad in just an eight-month period, The University Times has learned. The documents, received as part of a freedom of information request submitted by The University Times, show that Prendergast has spent €18,069 on travel and accommodation between March and October 2017 …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 13 March]

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University of Limerick under spotlight of Prime Time investigation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Financial affairs at the University of Limerick – which are subject to a new independent review – will feature prominently in a major RTE investigation this Tuesday night. RTE’s investigations unit has been working for several months on uncovering how taxpayers’ money is spent in a number of third level institutions …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 23 May]

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New University of Limerick chief to deal with damaging allegations

Posted in Legal issues on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“On his first day as the new president of University of Limerick earlier this month, Dr Des Fitzgerald sat down to to write a short email. Until then, the college had firmly rejected calls for an independent inquiry into a series of damaging allegations relating to financial irregularities and human resources practices …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 May]

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University of Limerick inquiry raises wider questions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Within weeks of being placed in charge of verifying expense claims at University of Limerick’s finance department, Leona O’Callaghan noticed a troubling trend. In mileage claims, some senior staff seemed to receive payment for journeys between their home and the university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 May]

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